Tibet is set alight in new wave of dissent
As the anniversary of a crucial uprising approaches, unrest is brewing in Tibet. With China cracking down hard on the protesters, is the dissent in vain?
Crisis meeting at UN deadlocked on Syria bloodbath
In Syria, a president is murdering his people. The international community is horrified – but paralysed. Some countries want to intervene – but Russia says meddling is out of the question.
Review Of The Year: bright stars extinguished
Many inspiring lives ended this year: the Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, the business genius Steve Jobs, the painter Lucian Freud – to name but three. How should we feel?
Italy sucks world toward winter of recession
The sick man of Europe is even worse off than first thought – and countries around the world are bracing for a new freeze. But some unorthodox thinkers can’t wait for a recession.
Tremors of popular protest alarm Chinese leaders
Thousands of angry villagers have launched a furious protest against 'dictatorship' and local government greed. Chinese officials fear a national eruption of unrest.
Poppy debate blossoms on Remembrance Sunday
At 11am today, the UK will fall silent to remember those who have died serving their country. Poppies will appear on the lapels of people all over the world. But what does the flower mean?
Satirists targeted for taking on the powerful
As Private Eye celebrates its 50th anniversary in the UK, French society has united to support firebombed satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Laughing at politics has a long and controversial...
Anti-Slavery Day highlights secret world of abuse
Even in the modern world, millions of people globally are still being held as slaves. Slavery now keeps to the shadows – but it remains frighteningly easy to deprive someone of their freedom.
New tax proposal for salt, sugar, alcohol and fat
A Professor of Nutrition at Glasgow University says the UK will soon be a nation of 'elderly blobbies'. Another expert says the only way to save ourselves is to tax junk food.
Eight marriages, two Oscars and one remarkable life
The papers may have been full of the Budget yesterday. But they were also full of a 79-year-old called Elizabeth Taylor. Why?
Sacré Bleu! French culture ‘under attack’
The French Education Minister wants to expand English teaching in schools. But are language lessons a threat to the nation?
Inflation raises spectre of money losing its value
Prices, from bread to petrol, are 3.7% higher than last year. History has grim warnings on where it might end.